The Iron Man
This is the award-winning illustrated edition of Ted Hughes' classic tale in paperback. Part modern fairy tale, part science fiction myth, The Iron Man describes the unexpected arrival in England of a mysterious giant "metal man" who wreaks havoc on the countryside by attacking the neighbouring farms and eating all their machinery. A young boy called Hogarth befriends him and Hogarth and the extraordinary being end up defending and saving the earth when it is attacked by a fearsome "space-bat-angel-dragon" from outer space. This children's classic, with its message of peace and hope, is known and loved all over the UK and is part of an exciting collaboration between Walker Books and Faber and Faber. This volume is the winner of the V&A Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Honourable Mention - Bologna Ragazzi Award fiction category.
"A stunning production... Spectacular." (Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times) "This attractive gift book with its distinctive artwork... feels very modern and relevant. The message of co-operation and peace applies to any era and the stark illustration conjures up an atmosphere of suspicion and fear until the red-hot fires of the ultimate contest give way to the beautiful music of the spheres." (Daily Mail) "A stunning classic gift edition... Laura Carlin's dramatic composition has an emotional depth and sense of excitement that lends itself beautifully to the story." (Lindsey Stainer, Bookseller) "This new edition of Ted Hughes' wonderful Iron Man is an absolute delight. Stunning visual images accompany the familiar texts to great effect, and the overall production is superb - everyone will want one of these!" (The Bookseller Children's Booksellers' (Choice)"
Ted Hughes was born in Yorkshire in 1930. His first book, The Hawk in the Rain, was published by Faber and Faber in 1957, and was followed by many volumes of poetry and prose for both children and adults, including How The Whale Became, Under the North Star, Tales from Ovid and Birthday Letters. He was Poet Laureate from 1984 and was appointed to the Order of Merit in 1998, the year in which he died. Laura Carlin is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and the winner of several awards, including the Quentin Blake Award, the 2004 National Magazine Award and the V&A Book Illustration Award. Her work has featured in Vogue, the Guardian and The New York Times and her other books include The Silver Donkey by Sonya Hartnett and Michael Morpurgo's The Kites are Flying! Laura was awarded an honourable mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Award fiction category for The Iron Man. She lives in London.